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Old Apr 1, 2005, 9:44 PM   #1
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Today was a really nice day and since the weekend is supposed to be
really miserable, decided to blow off work early and head out into the woods.
These are some signs that spring has sprung, well almost, there are still herds of
juncos around, but the herds are getting bigger which is probably a sign that
they are ready to move out.

All shots with 20D

Anyway, sign #1. Well actually two. Coltsfoot, flower in the photo are popping
up all over. Almost froze this sucker.
Used the cheapy 18-55 kit lens @ 55mm that came with my Drebel (need something
to fill the gap between my 17-40L and 100-400L)
ISO 400, f/8, 1/2500 sec, 50% crop, some sharpenning, some NR,resize


Sign #2. Not sure what this guy is. If anyone can ID this guy I would appreciate it.
If anyone knows a good reference for moths and butterflies, let me know.
100-400L @ 400, ISO 200, f/8, 1/250sec, 75% crop, resize


sign #3. Spotted this guy (actually many) in a tiny pond in the woods.
I was
surrounded by hordes of spring peepers but could not see any. They were in
the brambles and thickets along the pond. There were so many the sound
was almost deafening. Anyway, here's one of the guys I did see. The weird
thing on this is how just the eye shows up reflecting in the water.

ISO 400, 100-400L @ 400, f/6.3, 1/320 sec, 75% crop, resize.
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Old Apr 1, 2005, 10:49 PM   #2
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Woah, if that's your kit lens that took that bee you'd better keep it locked up safe, that one is super sharp and really nice color saturation. I've heard tell that quality control isn't great with that lens and it looks like you got one of the sharp ones. Thanks for the signs wm.
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Thanks for taking the time to check out the photos Norm. As for the kit
lens, last year I had used this for all my wildflower shots and close in
insect shots and found it to be a really good performer. However, for
scenic and otherwise wider longer distance shots I found it to be really
unimpressive, hence my purchase of the 17-40L, which is really impressive.
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Old Apr 2, 2005, 6:59 AM   #4
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Excellent shots Woodmeister! You nailed the Bee. That kit lens is sharp. Spring has arrived here with thunderstorms. We're still waiting for the spring weather in NC. I believe your butterfly is a Mourning Cloak. Look forward to seeing more of your spring.
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Excellent shots Woodmeister!* You nailed the Bee.* That kit lens is sharp.* Spring has arrived here with thunderstorms.* We're still waiting for the spring weather in NC.* I believe your butterfly is a Mourning Cloak.* Look forward to seeing more of your spring.*
Thanks for checking out the photos and for the ID. It is really appreciated.
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Great pics Woodmeister especially that bee. I guess I'll have to try my kit lens out on something like that to see if its as sharp as yours. BTW I ordered a 100-400L and hope to have it next week.
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love the bee shot, yes it looks like spring is on the way for you:-)
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Old Apr 2, 2005, 2:54 PM   #8
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The clarity of the honey bee is phenomenal!!!

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Old Apr 3, 2005, 6:09 AM   #9
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Houston wrote:
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Great pics Woodmeister especially that bee.* I guess I'll have to try my kit lens out on something like that to see if its as sharp as yours.* BTW I ordered a 100-400L and hope to have it next week.
Thanks houston. Give it a shot, works well as a close-up lens for me, but for
everything else it was a ho-hum performer. Good luck and have fun with the
new toy.
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Thanks for checking out the photos and your comments Alady and djb.
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